Barry Gaspar

Professor with Tenure

External address: 
306 Carr Bldg, Durham, NC 27708
Internal office address: 
Box 90719, Durham, NC 27708-0719
(919) 684-2109


Dr. Gaspar concentrates on comparative slave systems, with a special interest in the development of slave society and the evolution of slave life in the United States and the Caribbean. The Atlantic Slave Trade, Atlantic history and culture, the legacy of slavery in post-slave societies, historical geography, colonial British America, and Caribbean and Afro-American history are also fields of major interest. He has published articles on slave resistance and social control. His study, Bondmen and Rebels: A Study of Master-Slave Relations in Antigua, was published by the Johns Hopkins University Press, and he co-edited More than Chattel: Black Women and Slavery in the Americas, published by Indiana University Press. He is currently working on transitions in patterns of slave revolt in the Caribbean and North America.

Education & Training

  • Ph.D., Johns Hopkins University 1974

  • M.A., Johns Hopkins University 1972

  • B.A., University of West Indies (West Indies) 1968

Gaspar, B. "The Slave Trade, Resistance, and Compensation in Antigua in the 1720s." In in proceedings of a conference–The Slave Trade: Who Won and Who Lost–held at the University of Rochester, October 21-23, 1988,edited by SL Engerman and J Inikori. Duke University Press, 1992.

Gaspar, B. "Slave Life and Sugar Production in Antigua Slave Society before 1800." In in proceedings of a conference–Cultivation Culture: Labor and the Shaping of Slave Life in the Americas–held at the University of Maryland at College Park, April 12-14, 1989,edited by I Berlin and P Morgan. University of Virginia Press, 1992.

Gaspar, B, and Trouillot, M. "Afterword." In Babouk,edited by SG Endore. Monthly Review Pr, January 1, 1991. (Afterword)

Gaspar, B. "Antigua Slaves and Their Struggle to Survive." In Seeds of Change: A Ouincentennial Commemoration,edited by HJ Viola and C Margolis,130-37. Washington, DC: Smithsonian Institution Press, 1991.


Gaspar, B. "Review of Soul by Soul: Life inside the Antebellum Slave Market by Walter Johnson." American Literature 74 (September 2002): 637-638.

Gaspar, B. "Working the System: Antigua Slaves and Their Struggle to Live." Slavery and Abolition 13 (December 1992): 131-155.

Gaspar, B. "Slavery, Amelioration, and the Abolition of Sunday Markets in Antigua, 1823-1831." Slavery and Abolition 9 (May 1988): 1-28. (Academic Article)

Gaspar, B. "Review of Slave emancipation in Cuba: the transition to free labor, 1860-1899 by Rebecca J. Scott." Nieuwe West-Indische Gids / New West Indian Guide 61 (January 1987): 195-197.

Gaspar, B. "A Mockery of Freedom: The Status of Freedmen in Antigua Slave Society before 1760." New West Indian Guide 59 (1985): 135-148. (Academic Article)

Gaspar, B. "’To Bring Their Offending Slaves to Justice’: Slave Compensation and Resistance in Antigua 1632-1763." Caribbean Quarterly 30 (September 1984): 45-59. (Academic Article)

Gaspar, B. "Review of Testing the Chains: Resistance to Slavery in the British West Indies by Michael Craton." The William and Mary Quarterly 40 (October 1983): 624-626. Full Text